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President Trump retweeted an animated GIF on Sunday morning that showed him hitting a golf ball at Hillary Clinton and knocking her to the ground, from an account which has previously trafficked in conspiracy theories and racism.

The post, by Twitter user Fuctupmind was part of a slew of early morning retweets of pro-Trump memes by the Preisdent. Fuctupmind has previously pedaled in a number of far-right conspiracy theories, including the belief that Obama is a Muslim, and that Hillary Clinton was involved in the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich.

The account has also consistently made racist comments as well as posted memes and GIFs of Hillary Clinton showing her as weak and demented. Fuctupmind also uses Gab, a social media platform which is popular with white nationalists.

Trump has a long history of retweeting accounts which push hateful, white nationalist agendas. During the Republican primary he retweeted a graphic that showed inaccurate, racist statistics about black crime. Trump then went on to defend his decision. “All it was is a retweet,” he told Bill O’Reilly. “It wasn’t from me, and it did – it came out of a radio show and other places”.

But Trump’s quick Twitter trigger finger landed him in diplomatic hot water early this week. After the failed bombing at a London Underground station, Trump immediately used the opportunity as an excuse to tout his travel ban, and said that the attack was carried out by, “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard.”

British officials roundly criticized Trump’s comments. Prime Minister Theresa May said that it was “never helpful” to speculate on ongoing investigations, while the Metropolitan Police said Trump’s comments were “pure speculation given we don’t know who was involved. Any speculation is unhelpful.”

There’s speculation among researchers as to how much of pro-Trump Twitter is part of a grassroots movement, and how much of it is driven by automated bots. According to the New Democrat Network think tank, “Several forms of anaylsis, including TwitterAudit, count nearly half of all Trump’s followers as fake users.”

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